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Love Life Within the Walls of One of France's 100 Most Beautiful Villages

John & Tracy Levenbach

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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John & Tracy Levenbach

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2015
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Love Life Within the Walls of One of France's 100 Most Beautiful Villages

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Monpazier House Rental Photos and Description

Charming Stone House, Luxuriously Appointed - 50 Metres from Monpazier's Square


Our beautiful bastide maison de ville, built in 1353 has recently been lovingly restored while preserving it's original features and resulting in a very comfortable and stylish home with all the charm of medieval life in France.

Living in one of France's 100 Most Beautiful Villages you have the opportunity to enjoy the many fetes, festivals and markets which take place in the Monpazier square - just 50 metres from our front door and the great variety of restaurants, galleries and other attractions within the village.

The experience of having the opportunity to stay inside the walls of Monpazier has exceeded all our expectations and we know it will for you too!

While built in 1353 and having been an Epicerie (grocery and haberdashery) the house has a great layout and is perfect for up to 4 couples or combined families.

The entrance hallway leads you to the open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen area, as well as a downstairs bathroom and an easy flight of stairs to the first floor.

The open plan lounge and dining room has a large fireplace that is perfect for winter evenings, and is adjacent to a modern and well appointed kitchen with scullery, laundry and storage areas (all separate rooms) and is linked to a charming outdoor stone walled courtyard.

The lounge has a luxurious studded leather lounge suite which comfortably seats 8 adults and has a 55' TV with English & French TV programs, stereo and Wi-fi.

The large square dining table seats up to 12 people on high back leather chairs. It's perfect for entertaining or enjoying lovely family meals!

The first floor includes 4 bedrooms dressed with high quality linen and décor, and each with ensuite bathroom including a shower, vanity and toilet. The landing lounge area has seating and chaise lounges to relax in - a lovely space on those hot summer afternoons!

Monpazier was founded in 1284 and built by the English in the reign of Edward 1. It was called the ‘Pearl of the English XIIIth Century Bastide Towns’. While much has happened over the history of time…. that hasn’t changed as it is still referred to as ‘the best preserved bastide in France’. It may seem small however as a well preserved, beautiful bastide and working village it has a great range of shops, restaurants, artisans and attractions.

Cuisine is a big focus of the area and as such, you have 10+ restaurants in the village ranging from casual pizzerias, a creperie and bistros, through to elegant fine dining. Basic provisions are well looked after by the 2 mini-markets (SPAR & Casino) within the village walls and then there's a great range of specialty goods that can be found at the 3 patisserie/boulangerie shops and 2 charcuteries that have an excellent range of meats and deli goods. There's also a wine cellar, organic produce shop, a pharmacy, beauty salon and masseuse..... and the list goes on. You'll be very well catered for and all within walking distance!

Monpazier also has a strong artisan community with a range of wonderful galleries and showrooms including - wood turners/stone craftsmen, glassblower where you can watch your creation being made, a clockmaker, handmade leather goods, traditional soap & perfumery, ceramics showrooms, and ostrich egg engraver, an excellent marquetry display and much, much more.

Monpazier has a colourful weekly market on Thursday mornings. Many of the neighbouring villages have weekly markets on different days of the week making it an excellent way to visit the surrounds and get a flavour of the region. Markets are largely based around the glorious local cuisines and specialty produce of the region – seasonal fruits, mushrooms (cepes), nuts, honey, duck, goose, foie gras and the most luxurious of all….. truffles!

Summer music festivals in Monpazier and most nearby villages are a delight. There are also the many fetes and festivals held throughout the year in our own village square:


- Regular Night Markets

- Summer Brocante Market


- Annual Flower & Rose Festival


- Bastille Day Bodega & Fireworks Display


- Guided walks (randonees) in nearby Forests

- Autumn Brocante Market


- Cepes Markets


- Truffle Fete

- Christmas Market


- Truffle Fete

Situated in the south of the Dordogne (one of the most beautiful and most popular areas in France), it’s an area known as ‘The Land of 1001 Chateaux’. Close by you can visit Chateau Biron (8kms), Lanquais (28kms), Milandes (36kms), Castelnaud (38kms) and Beynac (43kms)… to mention just a few. You can also visit the prehistoric cave paintings and limestone caves at Gouffre de Proumeyssac (32kms), Grotte du Grand Roc (40kms), Grotte de Cougnac (57kms) and Grotte de Lascaux (70kms).

We have a lot of information on attractions of the area at Bastide 1353 however the local Tourismo/Information Office is extremely helpful and again – just 50 metres from our front door.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John & Tracy Levenbach (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2015

About John & Tracy Levenbach

We are New Zealanders (Kiwis) who love to travel and have a special love for the country people and lifestyle of France.

John & Tracy Levenbach purchased this house in 2013

Why John & Tracy Levenbach chose Monpazier

After a year and hundreds of hours searching, onsite and on the internet, for not only the best property to suit our needs but the best region and town in France to live, we settled on this property in Monpazier and have not been disappointed.

What makes this house unique

Part of our criteria in choosing location and property was to be in a small, well serviced village with a range of amenities and yet still a strong historical sense and beauty. We wanted to be able to be close to many attractions for day trips..... so we could do as much or as little as we wanted when on vacation, and also be able to walk out our front door and have a selection of cafes/restaurants (at all times of the year) and activities that were in walking distance, so not having to rely on having transport.

Monpazier has delivered on all of that. The village and warm welcome of its residents is simply stunning!

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Love Life Within the Walls of One of France's 100 Most Beautiful Villages
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews
Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful residence is luxurious and spacious and so well located in terms of the village of Monpazier itself (just a few paces from the villages beautiful square) and the surrounding towns, all so very beautiful and historic.

The house itself easily accommodates up to 8 people as there are four beautifully appointed rooms, and comes complete with every luxury you could possibly want or need, including a stunning outdoor entertaining area.

This would be a perfect holiday home for a group of friends, family or extended family....highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your feedback. We're really pleased you enjoyed Bastide 1353, Monpazier and the surrounding area as much as we do. We look forward to hearing from you next time your travels take you that way. Kind regards - Tracy & John.

An Absolute Treasure of a Property

  • 4 of 5

This property is a stunner, a very high quality of presentation with a beautiful interior and many period features/ antiques.

A modern kitchen with all modern appliances leads to a private courtyard , just perfect for breakfast or a pre dinner drink.

The double bedrooms all have en suites and excellent quality mattresses and linens.

This was a very comfortable place to stay.

The village itself is a real beauty and the village square is a very short walk away from the property. The village has a great range of shops and restaurants.

We thoroughly enjoyed our restaurant meals, especially at night when the lights came on in the square, it's a magical place.

We were also fortunate to be staying in the village when the market day was held.We attended many markets during our visit to France and this was certainly one of the best.

Monpazier is very central for visiting other villages , many being an easy car drive away.

We highly recommend this property to other travellers , it really is a beauty.

G & J Bird

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again.

Fabulous stay in Monpazier.

  • 4 of 5

Just had a fabulous stay at Monpazier. This stunning, newly renovated home had everything we required-top end furniture, bedding, appliances and a great outdoor area to entertain/relax in. Only 50metres from the town square we had many restaurants and bars to choose from, and lovely artisan shops to browse. Best still enjoyed getting the freshly made crossiants from the patisserie right across the road. There is a weekly market in the square. Also many historic sites and villages are within s short distance of Monpazier which made this place a great hub to see the wider Dordogne area. We cannot speak more highly of this property and thoroughly recommend it to all travellers.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much. We are glad you enjoyed our property and Monpazier as much as we do!


Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Many options and styles
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
43 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Gallerie M
Car: recommended

Perfectly located in the Southern Dordogne and 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France'. Monpazier is very well serviced with a large number of high quality restaurants, bars, boulangeries, patisseries, charcuteries, Casino and SPAR supermarkets, and many local artisans and other crafts-persons.

While a vehicle is required to get around the many attractions of the area, visitors often come to Monpazier and simply base themselves in the village as there's so much to see and do there. If you don't have your own transport, we do have the availability of transport from Bergerac (airport/train station) at a cost of 90 Euro return (pick-up and delivery back to Bergerac at the end of your stay). Just let us know if you'd like further detail on this.

For those with their own transport - there are easy drives to many chateaux including Biron, Monbazillac, Castlenaud and Lanquais.

Other very interesting villages close by include Belves, Beynac, Domme, Cadouin and Sarlat.


Rates & Availability

From €140 Per night

Monpazier House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 15 2015 - Oct 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 16 2015 - Feb 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Mar 1 2016 - May 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
High Season
May 15 2016 - Oct 15 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
You will be liable for the costs of replacing any fixtures or chattels that go missing or are damaged during your occupancy.
You must also reimburse our costs if the property is not left in a clean and tidy state.
25% Deposit required to confirm booking - payable within 7 days. Remainder of payment in full required to be paid one month prior to start of stay. The person who signs the booking form certifies that he/she is authorised to agree to the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons in the group.
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Monpazier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet
    BIRON - toilet , shower
    DOMME - toilet , shower
    MONPAZIER - toilet , shower
    SARLAT - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The BIRON Room - 1 double
    The DOMME Room - 1 king
    The MONPAZIER Room - 1 king
    The SARLAT Room - 1 king
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
Transport pick-up from Bergerac (or elsewhere) to Monpazier, and return following your stay, can be arranged. Please contact us to arrange for a quote.

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